The eagerly-awaited debut from grime prince Stormzy (Michael Omari) sees him truly crowned king. Gang Signs & Prayer is an eclectic mix of grace and guts, with gospel-tinged R&B impeccably entwined with hard chart bangers. The 23-year-old has proved himself as more than just grime’s hero but as a vital musician – “All my young black kings, rise up man, this is your year” (‘Cold’). Poignant yet unpretentious soulful moments appear completely candid, often executed with previously scarce singing efforts – “Man thought that Stormzy couldn’t sing”. ★★★★